The first thing I want to tell all of you is how much I appreciate the outpouring of support and concern from you. Believe me, it has helped me through the last few days even when I haven’t been able to post here or keep up with you and your carees. I will catch up – promise.
Robert was admitted to the hospital on Friday. There was some debate about putting him in ICU or a regular room and he was kept in the ER for several hours until they eventually settled on a regular room with Telemetry monitoring. His diagnosis: pneumonia in the right lung and Sepsis.
Google Sepsis and you’ll know why this scared the crap out of me.
They started him on antibiotics (two different kinds) but yesterday and today his fever has ranged from “normal” to over 100 degrees. That may not seem like much but for Robert with his diminished cognitive reserves, it takes a huge toll. His BP is low anyway but since Friday it has fluctuated from low to holy-crap low.
They took more blood to run culture tests and also took another chest x-ray. I’ve been at the hospital in order to talk to the doctor when he does rounds in the morning and also through the shift changes so the nurses are able to meet me and I can reiterate certain details about Robert: give him his meds on time and he won’t have an increase in seizures; he has seizures but doesn’t convulse during them; he enjoys his food so it may take a couple of hours to finish his tray.
The important stuff.
He certainly seems better but not out of the woods yet. I am comforted by the fact that he’s in a regular room and, when he’s not sleeping (which he has been a LOT), he’s joking around and doing his word search.
I have so many things to write about this whole ordeal including a difference of opinion with Other Brother about how necessary it is to stay at the hospital since nurses go to school for a reason (ugh!) as well as a few beefs with New Home (shocker!) but will save those for another day when I’m not quite so tired and I can write about them with a good attitude and an ability to learn something from the experiences.
Thank you all for your support and well wishes and thoughts and prayers. I’ve told Robert that he has a lot of people praying for him and thinking of him and hoping he gets better.
His response: a simple “thank you.”